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Quiet Americans by Erika Dreifus
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Nov 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: holocaust, novels, jewish-fiction, assimilation, inspiration

Some of the stories in Quiet Americans are connected and interrelated, but not all of them. Each individual story brings an in depth look into the minds and emotions of those who have struggled with the after-effects and after-affects of the Shoah/Holocaust, and those who have struggled with identity. Thought-provoking is an understatement in describing Quiet Americans. Each story is sensitively written, but filled with a quiet strength. Erika Dreifus has written an insightful and strong book, and shows the reader how emotions have a distinct and definite influence on the way we choose, or not choose, to remember the past in order to survive the traumas inflicted on us. Her word paintings are vivid, her prose beautiful, and filled with the resounding force of memory, its suppression of events, and its remembrance of times past.

Yet, within the strong imagery, lies a resonance of dignity, sparks of hope, and inspiring stories, that I highly recommend.
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